The Edward E. Parker Award
The Edward E. Parker Distinguished Ingham County Genealogical Society Member Award was established in 2014 in honor of Edward E. Parker, founder of the Society. Nominees of the award must have made distinghished contributions and showed ongoing commitment over a significant period of time in the field of genealogy in Ingham County, Michigan. The contribution may be any combination of preservation of historical genealogical material or data, publishing, teaching, speaking, or leadership.
In 2015 John E. Castle became the first recipient of this award. John served the Society in many capacities including President. He provided leadership in locating historical records of the townships within the County, some records dating back as far as 1838. He was also instrumental in preserving copies of historical newspapers including the Ingham County Democrat, The Ingham County News, The Williamstone Enterprise, and the Stockbridge Town Crier.
In May 2019 Isabelle Wells became the second recipient. Isabelle installed the first computer in the ICGS library and then showed others how to use it. She trained many of the library's volunteers and was instrumental in the growth of the library to what it is today. She continues to volunteer countless hours in the library, indexing the various holdings and assisting visitors.
Isabelle has always been a tireless worker - especially during the "microfilming" years when the Society preserved thousands of documents and public records. It was her initiative that led the microfilming of various records from Ingham's sixteen townships including tax rolls and in some cases the copying of birth and death ledgers dating from 1897 to 1950.
Alice Stendel-Raatz received the Edward E. Parker Award in December 2019. She served as the Society's Historian from 1998 to presnt. In addition she served dually as a Trustee from 2000-20001 and as Recording Secretary from 2001-2005. Alice has compiled a 3-ring notebook for each of the years she was Historian. Color photos, newspaper articles, minutes, letters, etc. are housed in transparent acid-free plastic page protectors. The books are well pesented and very comprehensively provide a history of the Society and its members.
Harry Warner received the Edward E. Parker Award in December 2019. He served as the Society's webmaster from 2007 - 2018. When he took the position he knew very little about webpages. He researched and studied and self-taught the skills it took to create the page that served the Society well until Microsoft no longer supported the software and it became evident that ICGS needed to find a new website software program. The numbers of volunteer hours spent establishing and maintaining that website was too often taken for granted, but very much appreciated by those who used the information posted on the site.